Originally created 04/24/04

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BACK IN TIME

April 24, 1973

U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn told a $50-a-plate testimonial dinner Monday that serious problems face the country in the next five or six years.

Among these problems are a constitutional crisis between the executive and legislative branches of government, a budgetary crisis with "Congress not assuming full responsibility" for the budget, and an energy crisis where "people are going to have to make adjustments," Mr. Nunn said.

"We are making progress this year for the first time . We are putting our own house in order in Congress," he said .

­Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

PHINIZY SWAMP STOMP 5K: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will hold its third annual Swamp Stomp 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. at the swamp, off Doug Barnard Parkway. The cross-country course runs through the scenic park woods and wetlands. After the race, there will be Earth Day tours, exhibitions, animal demonstrations, educational workshops, refreshments and speeches by community leaders. The semi final drawing of The Augusta Chronicle’s Make Kids Count $10,000 scholarship contest also will take place. The race costs $18 with a T-shirt and $9 without. Earth Day activities are free. For more information, call 828-2109.

POWERFEST 2004: Radio station WPRW (107.7 FM) will hold its fourth annual Powerfest at 1 p.m. at Augusta Lock and Dam, 1853 Lock and Dam Road. The event will feature national recording artists J-Kwon, Bone Crusher, Goody Mob, Jagged Edge, Juvenile and others. There also will be carnival rides for children, a car show, a soul lounge and vendors. Admission costs $4 at the gate, and children 13 and younger get in free.

GROVETOWN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The second annual Grovetown Heritage Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near City Hall. There will be a disc jockey, karaoke, music and dance performances, clowns, arts and crafts, and a car show. The festival is free . For more information, call 863-1867.

SUNDAY

HABITAT VOLUNTEER MEETING: Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta will hold an informal gathering at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave. Habitat volunteers and board members will answer questions, and light refreshments will be served. To register , call 854-7020.

KID WATCH

Better Homes and Gardens magazine reports several common warning signs that indicate your child might have a serious problem.

  • Unprovoked aggression, especially if it occurs shortly after the end of the school day, often reflects frustration about what happened in school.
  • You should be concerned if your children avoid activities that involve competition or if they suddenly drop an activity in which they previously had a lot of interest.
  • If your children have very little energy, lose interest in doing things that they previously enjoyed, or are often tearful and sad, take these signs seriously. They often mean your children are feeling they can't do anything you value or appreciate.
  • When your children complain that something isn't fair, listen to determine whether they have a legitimate complaint.
  • SLOW COOKER TIPS

  • Buy roasts and other large cuts of meat that will fit in your slow cooker, or plan to trim them to fit.
  • Remove skin from poultry and trim excess fat from other meats before cooking.
  • Fresh root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots and onions, should be placed in the bottom of the pot, under the meat, for faster cooking. They tend to cook more slowly than meat.
  • Colors tend to fade in slow-cooked foods, but garnishes such as chopped fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers, cheese and sour cream add visual appeal.
  • CLEANING YOUR EARS

    If you use cotton swabs to rid your ears of wax, then listen up. Deeply probing and prodding with swabs might cause hearing loss, bleeding and injury to the eardrum, said M. Lee Williams, an associate professor emeritus of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of The Sinusitis Help Book.

    Wax is secreted in the outer two-thirds of the ear canal. Swabs might force it deeper into the canal and diminish hearing. People who routinely use swabs are more likely to have related hearing loss.

    Keep your ears clean, safe and free from itching by using an alcohol-dipped cotton swab in the outer part of the ear canal no more than once a week and never when your ear is infected.

    Remove impacted earwax by gently flushing your ear with a loosely inserted squeeze-bulb syringe containing tepid water. Leave space around the syringe tip for water to drain so you avoid rupturing your eardrum. If this doesn't work, a doctor might need to remove the wax.

    Source: Better Homes and Gardens magazine